With $ 60 million earned in one year, including prize money and sponsorships, Naomi Osaka is in 12th position in the Forbes ranking of the 50 highest paid athletes in the world, even better than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
This shows how much her brands focus on her, also defending her from the fierce criticism that rained down on her after what happened in Paris. The most famous brands that use Osaka as their ambassador are: Google, Louis Vuitton and Workday, GoDaddy, Hyperice, Levi's, Nissan, Nissin Foods and TAG Heuer.
Mental health problems have also been highlighted in the sports world by many other stars in recent years, such as Michael Phelps and Liz Cambage. Cool and highly appealing, Naomi embodies the values that many famous brands seek to attract their consumers, creating a perfect combination.
Nike has decided to publicly defend Osaka after the Japanese decision to withdraw from Roland Garros and after receiving a lot of criticism. The well-known brand, through a brief statement, said: "Our thoughts are with Naomi, we support her and we recognize her courage in sharing her experience with depression."
Naomi Osaka is certainly the most popular tennis player of the moment, perhaps the most famous and attractive sporty woman in this precise moment and historical context. At the 2021 French Open, to protect her mental health, Noami, as she had previously said, did not grant post-match interviews.
The French Tennis Federation responded on Sunday by fining her $ 15,000 for her first missed interview and threatening to kick her out of the tournament. Naomi, in response, withdrew from the Parisian Grand Slam. Naomi, a fighter of many battles also and above all off the court, was the protagonist of another incredible protest in 2020.
At the Western & Southern Open to protest Jacob Blake's shooting, then don masks with the names of black victims of racist violence or police brutality during the US Open, after all that has happened since the shocking death of George Floyd and with the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Novak Djokovic's NEW RECORD!
Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the Roland Garros 2021, where he will be engaged in another difficult challenge against the Matteo Berrettini and this success in the fifth set gave the Serbian yet another prestigious record in an extraordinary career.
This is in fact the 31st victory of Novak Djokovic in the fifth set in the Grand Slams events, and in this way the Serbian champion has overtaken Roger Federer, stopping at 30 wins in the fifth set. Nine tennis players have achieved at least 24 successes in the fifth set in the Open era and now Novak Djokovic is at the top of this particular ranking where, curiously, Rafael Nadal is not part of but there are other active tennis players like the Croatian Marin Cilic Japanese Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka.
Over the years Novak Djokovic has reached and surpassed Roger Federer in several extraordinary records, the last one was that of last March where the Serbian champion overtook Roger in the number of weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
In the 4th round match of the Parisian Slam against the young Italian tennis talent Lorenzo Musetti, Nole showed his all his cunning and his mental solidity. And all the experience of him: he first let his young rival vent, systematically depriving him of all physical and mental energy, then destroying all the opposing defenses and winning the three remaining sets.
Musetti won the first two sets playing a great tennis match and building an advantage with two tiebreaks, but undergoing the harsh reaction of Nole. The Serbian tennis player took advantage of a sharp decline in the Italian, increased his performance and easily won the third and fourth sets leaving only one game to his opponent.
The fifth set was on the same track as the last two but Musetti withdrawing from the tournament on the result of 4 to 0. Here is the complete ranking of tennis players with the most victories in the fifth set in the Grand Slams: Novak Djokovic 31
Roger Federer 30
Pete Sampras 29
Marin Cilic 27
Lleyton Hewitt 26
André Agassi 24
Ivan Lendl 24
Kei Nishikori 24
Stan Wawrinka 24